The majority in Albania is determined to offer migrant workers living abroad the right to vote and to participate in the country’s political decisions. This was declared by the socialist parliamentary caucus leader, Taulant Balla in a meeting that he held in Rome with Albanians living and working in different areas in Italy. “We, the Socialist Party, are determined, in spite of the hesitation of the main opposition party, to guarantee the right of vote for Albanian migrant workers living abroad”, he said. According to Balla, 2013 marked the year when the Albanian government really started to care about its citizens living abroad, aiming to improve consular services, draft policies and cooperate with the countries where they live in relation to matters concerning education, culture, social and health insurance, recognition of driving licenses, etc. Finally, after 28 years of pluralism, the country now has a minister responsible for issues concerning the Diaspora.
After 7 months of the new government in office, the bill concerning the Diaspora was also voted. Meanwhile, a special agency has been set up and a few days ago, we saw the creating of the Albanian Fund for the Development of the Diaspora. “Of course, the process of guaranteeing the right to vote for you, Albanians living abroad, represents a number of difficulties and challenges, but they are not insurmountable”, the socialist MP added. On the other hand, he also said that the contribution made by migrant workers for the development of the country is irreplaceable. “And the fact that today, one in three or four Albanians lives abroad, puts us in front of the obligation to offer all the attention needed to the Albanian communities wherever they are in order for them to have an impact on the country’s political life”, he said among other things.